For those of you who love fall, but want a different color option for a pumpkin besides orange, here is a fun project for you! All you will need are a few paint colors and some fall decorative accessories (hopefully from your stash) and you are on your way to creating this pumpkin you can enjoy from September through November.
Here is what you will need:
Americana Decor Chalky Paint in Cameo and Everlasting
Americana Decor Creme Wax Clear
Americana Decor Creme Wax Deep Brown
I used these brushes from the Americana Decor line and it made things easier (but you can use whatever you have on hand):
Americana Decor 1″ Angle Brush
Americana Decor Waxing Brush (you can use a soft cotton cloth instead)
Americana Decor Crackle Medium
Fall colored ribbon
Fall berry vines
Hot Glue Gun
With your 1″ brush, paint your entire pumpkin with Cameo. This is just your undercoat, so, it doesn’t have to be perfect. I chose to do two coats though because well, that is the way I am…LOL
Once dry, apply your crackle medium all over the pumpkin, make sure to not overwork it. Let the crackle medium dry completely. Then with your 1″ brush, apply Everlasting, making sure to try and do this without having to go back over previously painted areas. Over working your top coat can really change the look of your crackle. Let dry completely.
When your pumpkin is good and dry, it is time to apply a coat of clear wax with the waxing brush. Just dip it into the jar and rub in a circular motion all over your pumpkin. Let dry. Then do the exact same thing but with the Deep Brown. With a soft cloth, rub off any of the brown wax from where you don’t want it. I chose to leave it in the deep grooves and try and have the raised parts of the pumpkin with less of the brown wax. If it isn’t coming off easy, just dip your rag into some clean water and rub again.
After the wax is dry it is time to accessorize your pumpkin. In my stash of items in my craft room, I had some silk leaves in fall colors, some fall berry vines, raffia, and plaid ribbon in rich fall colors (this is where you can let your creativity go). First I hot glued the leaves all around the top of the pumpkin next to the stem. I then grabbed a handful of raffia and tied it to the stem and hot glued it in position. After creating a simple bow from the ribbon, I glued that in place too, I even glued it in two small spots on the sides of the pumpkin. To fill in some areas, I took my berry vines and cut some small branches and glued them into place under the ribbon and around the back nestling the glued points where they couldn’t be seen.
I was very happy with how this pumpkin turned out…I might just have to make more of them for family and friends!
Happy Painting and Crafting!